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UA Attorney and Marion County DA Announce Creation of Woodburn Bomb Task Force
02/06/2009
Gerri Badden
US Attorney's Office - District of Oregon
Office: (503) 727-1033

Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Partners to Ensure December 12, 2008, Bombing Case Receives Benefit of Combined Expertise and Resources
 
            Portland, Ore. -   U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut and Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau announce the creation of the Woodburn Bomb Task Force, consisting of investigators from local, state, and federal agencies, including: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Keizer Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  Task Force agencies expect the shared resources will greatly benefit the continuing investigation of the December 12, 2008 bombing, which resulted in the death of two law enforcement officers, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William (”Bill”) Hakim and Woodburn Police Department Captain Tom Tennant.  Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell was also severely injured in the bombing and remains in stable condition.
 
            On December 22, 2008, a Marion County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Joshua A. Turnidge and Bruce Turnidge with 10 counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree.  The Marion County District Attorney’s Office will continue the prosecution of the two named defendants on the charges relating to the bombing homicides.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office will work closely with the Woodburn Bomb Task Force to review evidence to determine if any federal charges are appropriate in the future.  The Woodburn Bomb Task Force will be led by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, chaired by Detective Mike Myers.
 
            “It is a tragedy when law enforcement officers are killed or severely injured while trying to protect the community,” stated U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut.  “We will do everything in our power to honor these officers by aggressively investigating and prosecuting those responsible for this devastating event.”
 
            Anyone with additional information regarding the bombing in Woodburn on December 12, 2008 is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Myers, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-540-8006 or by e-mail at woodburnbombing@co.marion.or.us.